Penalty kick pushes Steamboat past Summit
Wilson comes out of one goal, scores into another
Steamboat Springs — In her defense, Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer player Ocoee Wilson doesn’t get many chances to celebrate goals scored, especially not overtime game winning goals.
So when the junior, who spends most of her on field minutes as Steamboat’s goalkeeper, accomplished that feat Tuesday night, she didn’t jump or shout. She didn’t really do much of anything, except turn to her teammates and offer a smile, more genuine than gigantic.
Wilson took care of the scoring. Her teammates took care of the celebrating, flocking to surround her after she put away a golden goal penalty shot two minutes into overtime Tuesday to give the Sailors a 3-2 win against Summit.
“It felt really good, especially after being the goalkeeper,” Wilson said. “The coaches know I love to be out on the field in situations like that, that I’ll play with some intensity and not let up. I really wanted to score out there.”
The Sailors controlled the game early, and they controlled it late but persistent play by the Tigers through the middle of the game forced Steamboat to mount a second-half comeback.
Steamboat used that early control to take a 1-0 lead when Natalie Bohlmann hammered a shot past the goalie’s left hand from 30 yards out.
Summit responded, however, twice, both goals coming off the foot of Tanner McCann, a freshman seemingly poised to be a major factor in the Western Slope for the next four seasons.
Her first, 35 minutes into the first half, was a bouncing shot that got past Wilson. The next came 10 minutes into the second half and give the Tigers the lead.
“I moved some players around so we had a different set up going on and it took us 10 or 15 minutes to adjust to that,” said Summit assistant coach Travis Avery, who stepped in for Tuesday’s game as head coach. “The positives for us are that that’s the best we’ve played so far. We’re not always in the game with Steamboat, but we were today and that’s a huge positive.”
Steamboat’s Mackenzie Gansmann was key to the Sailors sending the game to overtime. She worked the sidelines hard and was a factor in several late-game near misses, sending crossing shots into the middle that all ended up as shots just high, a bit wide or right in the hands of the Summit goalie.
Finally she took care of business by herself, winning the race to a ball, then depositing it in the net with a lightning quick sliding kick.
That led to Wilson’s big goal, set up not only by a handball on a Natalie Bohlmann shot, but simply by the fact that Wilson was on the field to put away the opportunity, rather than in goal.
“She is really good out in the field and she has a goal-scoring mentality,” Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. “The threat was only there from the opposition in a counter, and that was something we could handle. So, we wanted to put everything attacking mentality personally we had up front.
“We felt like it was a great change.”
Steamboat, 2-0, is back in action at 6 p.m. Thursday at home against Eagle Valley.
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